The return to the 90s

Tech over-hypes are… over?

Sorin Dolha


Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

A friend has recently told me: “our [offline] stores run better than agents and online sales, now.” That ignited some short-term memories for me and a follow-up conclusion that I just wanted to share (who knows, maybe it helps someone.) So here we go.

A few days ago I’ve read an article about how vinyl record sales are highly increasing, although digital formats used by CDs and the average streaming services are not distinguishable different for the human ear.

PCs are reportedly coming back as well. Apple focuses on improving MacBooks and workstations again, after a long time. (Although Mac sales seem to have indeed declined in volume in Q4 2019, people may just be waiting for the revamped 13" — or 14"? — notebooks too. I know I am.)

Software-wise, have you noticed how every app’s user interface is currently minimalist and simple, yet a bit font-heavy, just like in the 90s when technology didn’t support gradients and round corners very well? (With some more modern design now, though.)

Developers use the Terminal and command line tools (like git) a lot again. Relational DBs are back in business, where they should actually be. REST APIs are replaced by GraphQL — long live anciently-complex queries!

Young people would rather use old-style single-purpose apps like Twitter, Instagram and TikTok (sure, also as their mobile-oriented UX is more modern indeed) rather than the scarier and all-mighty Facebook, for example. And (too) many still want their movies downloaded rather than being watched online, just like in 2000s and before. The cloud is avoided whenever possible — serverless apps have a bright future. Offline Gantt charts are returning too.

Many Windows 7 fans would rather switch to Linux than using the Microsoft Store. True geeks will even go with a Unix based OS instead. 😎

Hobby setup: reviving an old x86 tablet PC (Sept. 2019, personal insta-stories)

Finally, it’s not news anymore that printed books are often preferred vs. their virtual counterparts, despite that with e-books one can literally carry hundred of thousands of pages in their pocket. (Obviously, hardly anyone…



Sorin Dolha

Developer • married, father×2 • Rust, Swift, WPF, Web • founder of DlhSoft • MacBook enthusiast • absurdism • EDM • writing from Cluj